Tesco to scrap plastic wrapping from multi-pack tins

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Tesco plastic waste Dave Lewis
The grocer aims to remove 350 million tonnes of plastic from its supply chain each year
// Tesco pledges to remove plastic wrapping from multi-pack tins
// It will roll out the changes from March, but will continue to sell down remaining stocks
// Over 40% of Tesco customers buy tinned multi-packs

Tesco has committed to removing plastic wrapping from its multi-pack tins in a bid to fight the war on plastic waste.

The grocer aims to remove 350 million tonnes of plastic from its supply chain each year.

It has teamed up with canned food businesses including Heinz and Green Giant to remove all plastic-wrapped multi-packs and replace them with multi-buy deals from March 2.


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Tesco will roll out the changes from March, but will continue to sell down remaining stocks.

Over 40 per cent of Tesco customers buy tinned multi-packs, with 183,000 sold across its stores every day.

More than 100 million Heinz products alone are sold in plastic-wrapped multi-packs each year through the grocer.

“We are removing all unnecessary and non-recyclable plastic from Tesco,” outgoing chief executive Dave Lewis said.

“As part of this work, removing plastic-wrapped multi-packs from every Tesco store in the UK will cut 350 tonnes of plastic from the environment every year and customers will still benefit from the same great value ‘multi-pack’ price.”

At the end of 2019, Tesco removed all hard-to-recycle materials from its own-brand products and is working with suppliers to follow the same initiative.

Earlier this month, Tesco saw its UK sales edge up after a “challenging” festive trading period, marking its fifth Christmas sales growth in a row.

The Big 4 leader said its sales rose by 0.1 per cent in the six weeks to January 4, and said it outperformed a “subdued” market.

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